All About Camp
Here at the U-M Pediatric Diabetes Clinic, we always say that diabetes shouldn't get in the way of a child or teen's life. One of the most exciting opportunities we are proud to share with our patient families is the chance to go to summer camp with a fully trained and supportive staff of diabetes caretakers. Camp Midicha is a program in partnership with the American Diabetes Association that takes place at the YMCA's Camp Copneconic.
We recommend this opportunity for all our patients because the peer support and life skills they will find are priceless. Read through our tips on financial assistance, what to expect at camp, and our patient testimonials below.
We know that cost can be a factor when determining your ability to participate in Camp Midicha. Our goal, and that of the ADA, is for every child and teen to have the opportunity to attend this amazing experience if they want to do so. Please see the list below for the options that we are aware of at this time.
Apply for financial aid through the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Financial assistance is available for campers, just be sure to note that you are seeking financial aid on your camp paperwork. It will be in your supplemental forms during the registration process. Checking this box will also give you access to funds from our Michigan Medicine Pediatric Diabetes Camp Scholarship Gift Fund which the ADA will use as needed to ensure that no one is left out. For questions regarding ADA financial assistance contact Becky Barnett (RBarnett@diabetes.org).
Connect with local organizations in your area. Groups like Knights of Columbus, Elks Lodge, Lions Club and Kiwanis Club often offer scholarships for camps like Camp Midicha, among other resources.
The Family Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs invites families to apply to receive a Camp Scholarship for up to $250. Applicants do not have to be enrolled in Children’s Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) to be eligible. Families will be required to submit a completed Camp Scholarship Application along with an Attendance Registration Form, which will need to be filled out by the Camp Director. Funding is limited, so apply as soon as possible and by the 3/31/22 deadline! Application Form Here.
Your private or commercial insurance may offer funding support too - it doesn't hurt to ask! Just call the customer service number on the back of your insurance card to inquire.
Diabetes SoluT1ons offers a grant to assist first-time campers (overnight camp only) up to $375.00. Application Form Here.
What to Expect at Camp
Camp Midicha is host to a variety of activities available for campers. In previous years, campers had the opportunity to swim and tube in the lake, canoe, fish, participate in arts and crafts, and engage in games like ultimate frisbee, zip lining, and bouncing on the famous "blob." Activities are subject to change in response to weather, but are guaranteed to provide a fun and inclusive environment. For more information about Camp Midicha's activities, visit NCHPAD's directory here.
Our patients who attend Camp Midicha are blown away by the bonding and activities, and many claim that Camp Midicha is the best thing about having diabetes. Read some of our patient testimonials below to learn why camp is such a rewarding experience for our T1D patients.
Dining and Safety
Camp Midicha provides a menu that is T1D-friendly and can cater to necessary dietary restrictions. The ADA ensures that during the weeks of Camp Midicha there are always multiple doctors on site, as well as additional volunteer medical staff and counselors that are fully trained in T1D care. There are procedures for blood sugar checks through the day and night, for insulin pumps while swimming, how to count carbs at meal times, infusion site changes and both high and low blood sugar corrections. There is also a planned time for campers to discuss T1D and to receive educational materials/updates.